19th May, 2023 13:00

Asian Art I

 
  Lot 27
 

A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE 'DEER' JAR
明萬歷 青花鹿紋小瓶

A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE 'DEER' JAR

Ming Dynasty, Wanli Period

明萬歷 青花鹿紋小瓶

Of tapered ovoid form with a short cylindrical neck, painted to the exterior with four square panels enclosing deer standing amongst foliage, all beneath a band of ruyi heads around the shoulder,

8cm high

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PROVENANCE:

Property of a French Private Collection formed in Hong Kong during the 1960’s-1980’s

來源:法國私人收藏,1960-1980年代在香港組成

Note: The word for deer is a homophone for 'emolument', the motif, therefore, being a wish for prosperity. These jars, often filled with oil, were commonly exported to the southeast Asian market during the late Ming Dynasty.

c.f. Two similar jars are housed in the collection of the British Museum, acc. nos.1934,0717.1-2 & 1934.07-17.2, and are also illustrated in Harrison-Hall, 'Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum', London, 2001, p.296, nos.11:49 & 11:50.

Estimated at £500 - £700

 

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